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Coconut Candy Balls

This Coconut Candy Balls is probably the shortest recipe, I will ever share. It’s only two ingredients, yep two how simple is that. Like most of the recipes I share it’s pretty easy to make with the exception of the temperamental sugar melting process. It’s a candy I grew up eating, my parents use to buy it for us from the street vendors, and we weren’t allow to have more than two or three at the most. It’s a popular sweet in Africa, Pacific and some Asian countries. I know its big in Liberia, Uganda, South Africa, Nigeria and Guam.

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I wanted to share the same memory with my kids, so I decided to create a lazy version of the recipe. I said lazy because the street vendor uses real coconut and not the prepacked ones. Anyway, back to the recipe – I am not crazy about melting sugar it takes some sort of patience that I just don’t have, so this little number was a hard one for me to accomplish but it’s not because the recipe itself was hard it’s me, all me. Another issue I had was coming up with an appropriate name for this sweet ball of candy gooeyness. I was debating calling it caramelized coconut candy balls, then I thought how about candied coconut balls but that just sounded weird, however the familiarity of the name coconut candy balls feels more appropriate. Yes, I understand it’s not your typical coconut candy ball but heck it’s all I got.

Coconut Candy Balls

coconut candy balls recipe

Coconut Candy Balls
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: African
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 2 Cups Coconut Flakes (I used Sweetened)
  1. Using a heavy-bottom sauce pan, melt the sugar on medium high heat until it's light brown - being careful not to burn it.
  2. Stir in coconut flakes until they are all cover in the melted sugar.
  3. Let it cool for a few minutes then scoop out and roll into a ball, it will be sticky so dip your hands in cold water to help make it easier. Another option is to scoop it into parchment paper and roll it into a ball either option works.
  4. Serve warm for a chewy coconut candy or cold for a hard candy.


That’s it. Thanks for taking a walk down memory lane with me. Hope you enjoy it and please come back with feedback – positive or negative – I am a big girl, I can handle it.

Kira is the founder of the award-winning lifestyle blog focused on family, tech, fashion, beauty, food, fitness, and travel. She lives in the suburb of NJ with her husband and two daughters. 



  1. robyn

    April 7, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Yum! I love coconut. Definitely going to be trying this recipe. I might even share some with my mother in law.

  2. Jo-Lynne Shane {Musings of a Housewife}

    April 7, 2014 at 4:32 pm

    Those look divine!! And so easy – 2 ingredients!? Perfection.

  3. Rosie

    February 2, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I love this idea, and they look so good! I want to try it, so easy!!

  4. Funmi

    March 11, 2017 at 9:36 am

    How did you melt the sugar? Did you have water in it?

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